Unlike strict boarding-school teachers, baseball managers encourage obtaining grass stains, stealing, and trying to run home at every opportunity. Live free with today's GrouponLive deal: for $10, you get two reserved-seat tickets to see a Columbus Clippers game at Huntington Park (up to a $20 value). Choose from the following games:
• Against the Buffalo Bisons on Tuesday, August 23, at 7:05 p.m.
• Against the Louisville Bats on Sunday, August 28, at 5:05 p.m.
• Against the Toledo Mud Hens on Saturday, September 3, at 7:05 p.m.
A minor-league affiliate of the Cleveland Indians and the 2010 Class AAA national champions, the Columbus Clippers boast a roster chock-full of sphere-smashing, base-rushing athletes. Led by hurler Jeanmar Gomez and second-base slugger Luis Valbuena, the Clippers near the end of the season in prime playoff position, sporting the best record in the International League. From reserved seats flanking the diamond’s foul lines, fans can watch stolen bases and snagged fly balls while airing out leather mitts of their own to catch the occasional renegade drive or overenthusiastic outfielder.
The Clippers call the green-grassed confines of Huntington Park home. This sleek, state-of-the-art facility can accommodate up to 10,100 devotees, feting fans with numerous promotions and an atmosphere that’s more festive than a clown-college graduation party.
An International League mainstay, the Columbus Clippers have prepped future stars for the big leagues since 1977. The team has claimed 10 Governors' Cups over the years, most recently in 2015. The Clippers have served as the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians since 2009, helping players hone the skills that they need to succeed in the majors and impress friends during the piñata portion of birthday parties.
Up to 10,100 Clippers fans pack into Huntington Park, which still gleams with a new-stadium sparkle after sprouting up in 2009. During that inaugural season, the facility was named Ballpark of the Year by multiple sources, including BaseballParks.com and Digitalballparks.com, whose writers referred to the stadium's design as "the most exciting we've seen in two decades."